Innovations in ceramics and glass technology core of ACerS Award Lectures at MS&T15 | The American Ceramic Society

Innovations in ceramics and glass technology core of ACerS Award Lectures at MS&T15


This year’s ACerS Award Lectures will cover timely industry topics from glass technology for better health, to glass chemical strengthening, to materials science in space. 


Delbert E. Day, Curators’ Professor emeritus of materials science and engineering and senior investigator of the Graduate Center for Materials Research at the Missouri University of Science and Technology, and former chairman and president of Mo-Sci Corporation (Rolla, Mo.) will present his lecture—“Glass technology for better health”—during ACerS Frontiers of Science–Rustum Roy Lecture, Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 1 p.m. 

Day’s research focuses on glass for biomedical applications, containerless processing of glass in microgravity, vitrification of nuclear waste, and properties mixed with alkali glasses. Day is an ACerS Distinguished Life Member and has recived the internationally recognized Phoenix Award for his technical achievements and contributions to the glass industry.

His lecture is just one of four ACerS award lectures to be presented at MS&T15, October 4–8. The others include:

ACerS/NICE Arthur L. Friedberg Memorial Lecture, Monday, Oct. 5, 9 a.m.: Arun K. Varshneya, professor of glass science & engineering, emeritus at Alfred University and president of Saxon Glass Technologies (Alfred, N.Y.), “Principles of glass chemical strengthening science and technology.” Varshneya’s company, Saxon Glass Technologies, delivers glass chemical strengthening services for pharmaceutical and personal mobile communication device applications—one of the company’s most-recognized developments being the strengthened glass cartridge for the EpiPen.

Varshneya is an ACerS Distinguished Life Member, past-chair of the Glass and Optical Materials Division, and served as ACerS treasurer from 2008–2010.

ACerS Edward Orton, Jr. Lecture, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 8:10 a.m.: Sylvia M. Johnson, chief materials technologist in the Entry Systems and Technology division at NASA Ames Research Center (Moffett Field, Calif.), “Space: The materials frontier.” Johnson has worked extensively in silicon nitride and in the use of preceramic polymers, and was instrumental in reviving interest in ultra-high temperature ceramics.

Johnson is a Fellow of ACerS and served as vice president from 1996–1997 and as a board member from 2002–2005.

ACerS Robert B. Sosman Lecture, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 1 p.m.: Yuichi Ikuhara, professor and director of the Nanotechnology Center, Institute of Engineering Innovation at the University of Tokyo, Japan, “Grain boundary segregation, vacancies, and properties in oxide ceramics.” Ikurhara’s research focuses on interface and grain boundary phenomena, advanced transmission electron microscopy, high-temperature ceramics, electroceramics, and phase transformation, among other areas.

Ikuhara is a Fellow of ACerS and a past recipient of ACerS Ross Coffin Purdy and Fulrath Awards.


In addition to the ACerS award lectures, MS&T15 will include plenary sessions, a vast technical program, exhibit, and poster contests. The meeting, organized by ACerS in conjunction with the Association for Iron & Steel Technology, ASM International, and The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society, brings together scientists, engineers, students, and suppliers from around the globe to discuss current research and applications of materials science.

If you haven’t registered for the Materials Science and Technology 2015 (MS&T15) meeting in Columbus, Ohio, happening Oct. 4–8, there’s still time to secure your spot. The last day for the early bird rate is this Friday, Sept. 4. And this year’s event promises to be the best one yet, with a stellar lineup of plenary sessions, lectures, networking opportunities, and activities. For more information about the event, check out the MS&T15 pre-meeting planner, published in the September issue of the ACerS Bulletin.


And ACerS has something new planned for their members this year. Be on the lookout at MS&T for special collectable buttons and pin your ACerS pride! Get a unique button for each ACerS lecture and special event you attend and try to collect them all. Daily prizes will be awarded at the ACerS lounge. Stay tuned for more information!